Utah State volleyball hosts San Jose State Thursday night

LOGAN, Utah ­ Utah State’s women’s volleyball team will continue Western Athletic Conference play Thursday night as it hosts San Jose State in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. Utah State is 8-6 on the season and 0-2 in WAC play following a pair of road losses at New Mexico State (3-0) and Louisiana Tech (3-2) last weekend. USU is led by sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .206 and averaging 3.79 kills, 1.38 digs and 0.59 blocks per set, while sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen is hitting .234 and averaging 2.04 kills, 2.14 digs and 0.60 blocks per set. Junior middle blocker Katie Astle is also playing well for USU as she is hitting .379 and averaging 1.59 kills and 0.94 blocks per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .222 on the season as compared to a .187 hitting percentage for its opponents. San Jose State is 0-12 on the season and 0-2 in the WAC after losing a pair of home matches to Idaho (3-1) and Boise State (3-2) last weekend. The Spartans are led by freshman setter Caitlin Andrade who is hitting .337 and averaging 7.55 assists, 1.87 digs and 1.00 kills per set. As a team, SJSU is hitting .104 on the season as compared to a .242 hitting percentage for its opponents. The Spartans return three starters and six letterwinners from last year¹s team that went 13-18 overall and finished in a tie for fifth-place in the WAC with a 7-9 league record. Oscar Crespo is in his third season as the head coach of San Jose State and has an overall record of 27-45. Utah State is 8-16-1 all-time against San Jose State, which includes a 5-5 record at home. USU won both regular season meetings against SJSU last year before losing to the Spartans in five sets in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament. Overall, the Aggies have won seven of its 10 matches against San Jose State since joining the WAC. Following its match against San Jose State, Utah State will remain home and host Boise State (1-11, 1-1) on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.-USU-

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